In English, the children have finished their book ‘How to find Gold.’ We discussed our favourite parts of the story and wrote them down on strips of paper. We then used these to create poems as a group.
In Maths, the children have been continuing their learning about place value. The children have been looking at ordering and comparing numbers using greater than, less than and equal too. They were applying this new maths vocabulary in solving some problems.
In Science, we have continued our topic of Seasonal change. The children were looking at how animals adapt in different seasons. They were learning about which animals hibernate.
First we must apologise for not keeping you up to date - sometimes we just run out of time!
We have been very busy over the last few weeks. We have been making numbers using objects and representing numbers on bead strings. Then we used our whole-part models to show number sentences. We used the Mighty Writer to help us compose sentences that we then attempted to write. We also had an Art Day with Mr Cornell where we learnt about colour mixing and sketching.
This week we have been making numbers outside with Blackbird Class.
What a fantastic start to Year 1. The children in Cuckoo class have been working really hard so far this term. In Maths, we have been looking at different numbers and how they are made up. The children have been using practical resources to support their learning. In English, we have been reading 'Aliens love Underpants,' the children have been writing their own sentences about the story and dramatising different sections.
Our topic this term is Castles. The children are thoroughly enjoying learning all about the different features of a castle, finding out about artefacts and much more in our ICE zone.
W/B 25/09/17 We have had another busy week in Cuckoos!
In English we have focused on describing the different settings and characters in our book and used these amazing adjectives in sentences. This links nicely to our new challenge whereby everyday we are learning a new interesting word which the children have to try and use in their work! If they have mentioned to you about becomming 'Vocabulary Ninjas' this is what they mean. We think it's an exciting and motivating way for children to develop their knowledge and use of vocabulary.
In Maths we have continued learning about Place Value and how a number is made from tens and ones, whether a number has 1 or 2 digits and the value of these digits. We have used resources such as dienes and cubes to support this learning.
In Science we are continuing our Senses topic and focused on sight. This included learning about and labelling an eye and discussing how some people cannot see. We carried out an activity whereby one child was blindfolded and another had to support them walk around the room. We also did some number writing on the playground whilst blindfolded and compared it to our number formation when we can see. The children discussed actually how it was difficult to do tasks without being able to see and how our sight is one of our key senses.
Photos will follow tomorrow but I accidently left my camera at school!
I just want to say a huge thank you for continuing to read daily with your children. Just 10 minutes a day everyday develops their fluency and improves their reading ability overall.
I hope you have all had a lovely weekend and are looking forward to another fun filled week of learning! 😁
Cuckoo Class have had a brilliant first week. We have enjoyed two science experiments using coca cola and mentos to create a huge explosion! We also used milk, food colouring and fairy liquid to create colour patterns. We had an exciting maths session creating number bond paper chains and have started to explore facts about Wales for our Ice Zone work. Cuckoo Class enjoyed meeting Forest Ian and his owl, collecting lots of different leaves. It was very exciting to make tree clay faces and learn exciting facts about the owl. We finished the week by decorating biscuits and even mixing our own icing!
Fantastic work this week in Cuckoo Class. Writing sentences and exploring fractions! Also trying to remember the order of the months of the year!
Today was the busiest day of the week with Children in Need day and a visit from Wood Green as well. Wood Green came to talk to us about looking after our pets and some of us even stroked a mouse.
Chloe was really happy to win the Teddy Bear Competition.
Well Cuckoo Class have had a busy week - still finding out about those underpant stealing aliens but this time they are saving the world from a meteorite. The children decided that they weren't saving us just their supply of underpants.
In Maths we have been ordering numbers and finding out about 1 more and 1 less. We used numicon to represent the numbers as well. We have also been using underpants to create our own addition and subtraction problems.
Welcome back to all the new Cuckoo's.
We have already been working hard learning about rainbows and colour mixing, and deciding who we would be if we were characters from The Wizard of Oz.
Today the children had their first chance to visit the ICE zones and were really excited to see the Explorers theme. Every child will visit the ICE zone at least once a day, often twice, and will learn about geography, history, RE, art and music, along with the chance to use the outside area.
Please remember our PE days are currently Tuesday for Dance and Friday for Outdoor Games. All earrings must be removed for PE. We are also taking part in the 'One Mile Walk Challenge' everyday.
Since half term we have had great fun in Cuckoo Class. We have started learning all about Africa in Literacy and in the ICE Zone. In the ICE zone we are currently on safari in Tanzania on the African Savanna.
In Literacy we are reading 'Lila and the Secret of Rain' which is about a little girl who lives in Kenya. Lila wishes it would rain because it has been so hot and dry. Ask your children to tell you what happens.
In Maths we have used the outside area to create Block Graphswith our favourite colours. We have also been learning all about fractions. We made 'pizza' and shared the pepperoni slices equally into halves and quarters; some of us even tried thirds. Then we tried working out fractions of food to feed wild animals; some of us tried to work out eighths and what three quarters would be.
We have had another busy week in Cuckoo Class.
In Maths we have been exploring place value and ordering numbers. We made 2-digit numbers and identified the tens and units in each one; some of us even made 3-digit numbers and identified the hundreds.
In Science we have begun to look at flight and to investigate what can and what can't fly. We also thought about why things can fly.
In Literacy we are looking at non-fiction texts, focusing on '10 Things I can do to help my world'. The children have been thinking about different ways to look after the planet and how they can save water and energy. If they come home and ask you to turn off the lights and taps you will know why!
What a busy half term we have had in cuckoo class!
In Literacy we have read the story of the 3 litle pigs and looked at different versions, including The Three Horrid Little Pigs. We wrote our own versions of the stories and letters to the wolf from the pigs and then his replies.
In Maths we have been learning about Money, Weight and also begun to look at Time. Please encourage your child to look at the clocks at home, especiallywhen it is o'clock and half past, to reinforce what they already know.
In Science we have been working on everyday materials, learning about man made and natural, suitability for building houses and finally some floating and sinking. Floating and sinking is great to try out in the bath.
Hope you all have a lovely half term.
Welcome back to all of cuckoo class - I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. Thank you for all the lovely Christmas presents I received, I felt very lucky.
We had an excellent week last week learning all about our new topic, Castles. It has already captured the imagination of some children.
We are all looking forward to having some fun with the topic starting on Tuesday with our History off the Page castles day on Tuesday. I look forward to seeing all your fantastic mediaeval costumes.
P.E. This term will be on Monday and Wednesday.
Cuckoo (Y1) Week ending 12th December:
It has been a busy week for Cuckoo class. We have taken part in the KS1 nativity of The Grumpy Sheep. All the children worked really hard at their star dance and looked really beautiful, remembering when to stand and what to do.
In Literacy we have looked at Aliens Love Panta Claus and children have generated story maps to help retell the story, making possible changes for our upcoming writing week. As Christmas is getting closer, we all made elf hats for our Christmas Lunch, which was a great event and all the children loved the meal.
Next week is the final week of term. We would like you to check the cloakroom for any missing clothes, and to ensure that our cloakrooms and classes are clear of personal items (e.g. coats, hats, scarves, PE kits) to ensure that nothing gets lost or misplaced for the new year.
Welcome to Cuckoo Class - Year 1 at Round House School.
Our teacher is Mrs McDonnell. Every week, we will write something about our class to share with you what we have been learning about in school.
Children enjoyed our music lesson this week and were able to create their own tunes to accompany a scene.
In literacy we continued our work on our poetry unit and children were able to write some great alliterations.
In numeracy we continued investigating 3-D shapes and are moving on to data handling.
Children have also been practicing for our sports day and are really looking forward to taking part in it on Friday.
This week in numeracy the children have been naming 3-D shapes and investigating their properties. We determined how many edges, faces and vertices each shape had and children used these to describe the shapes.
In literacy we started our ‘Poetry on a Theme’ unit of work. Our focus is on the seaside and the children created beautiful sandcastle pictures which they then covered with amazing adjectives and fabulous similes. We also looked at Acrostic poems and the children wrote their own poems for ‘Shells’, ‘Driftwood’, ‘Sea’ and ‘Beach’. Below is an example of some of their great ideas.
Dead wood, long and stripy
Ruff and heavy, bumpy and pointy
I love walking on it
Full of holes
Touch it, pick it
Wavy and curvy
Over the waves it floats
On the stones it lays
Drifting away on the vast sea it goes
Children also had a special Tennis session which they enjoyed very much. We had some great servers and children were encouraged to try and keep the volley going.
Children in Cuckoo class have been busy this week planning and writing their recounts. They sequenced the events, used ordinal words and came up with some fantastic adjectives to describe their experiences.
In numeracy children continued to apply their mathematical knowledge to solve additions of single digit numbers to 2-digit numbers.
In science we continued to investigate sound and the different ways we use it. Children decided what sounds give us pleasure such as music; information such as news read on the radio; or warning such as a fire alarm.
This week in numeracy children applied their mathematical knowledge to problem-solve. They used additions, subtractions, doubling, having and data handling to produce accurate answers to some tricky questions.
In literacy we continued our work on our recounts. Children read different recounts and identified key features such as the use of past tense and ordinal words. They also practiced the use of past tense by changing sentences from present to past tense.
In science we listened to more sounds and children had to guess the scenario for an audio clip. They then used their vocals and other sounds created with their hands and feet to produce sounds for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk. We had stamping feet, clapping hands, whooshing and cricking sounds, scrapping sounds and lots more.
In numeracy children have been working on finding the difference, doubling and halving numbers to 10 and subtracting 1-digit number from a 2-digit numbers.
In literacy we have now begun working on our recounts of our trip to Hunstanton. Children sequenced photos from our trip and acted out the various activities. We thought of some great adjectives to describe what we did and used ordinal words.
In science we have begun our new unit of Sound and Hearing. Children went on a sound hunt around the school and were able to find many sounds such as tweeting birds and ringing phones. We also explored different musical instruments and children were able to make their own tunes.
This week in numeracy we focused on doubling and halving numbers and finding the difference by counting on. In Literacy we started looking at the seaside in preparation for our trip on Friday. We read the story of Billy’s Bucket and children were able to use their fantastic imagination to produce some great ideas of what was in their buckets. We also researched facts about the seaside using books and the internet. These were used to produce leaflets. Our science focus this half term is on Sound and Hearing. This week children were introduced to the topic and they were able to identify many sounds in their environment as we went on a sound hunt.
This week in literacy children wrote their non-fiction information page on their chosen sea animal and compiled it into a non-fiction book adding contents, Index and Glossary pages. In numeracy we have been finding number facts to numbers to 10 and also investigation inverse operations. In science we carried on with our investigation on what plants need to grow. In addition searched our school grounds for different types of plants and tried to identify them.
This week in literacy the children have chosen a specific sea creature that they want to find information about. They have written questions about their habitats, appearance and diet; making sure they use the correct punctuation. They then looked in non-fiction books and on the internet to find the answers to their questions and collated these on a mind map. In numeracy this week we have been looking at adding and subtracting 10 and ordering two digit numbers from the smallest to the largest. In science the children reviewed the progress of our experiment from last week and also planted some cress and mustard seeds.
This week in literacy we continued our work on Information Text. We discussed features of non-fiction books and the difference between fiction and non-fiction. Children were able to locate headings, sub-headings and captions and we discussed how the layout supports us as readers. Children were also able to located contents, glossary and index pages and we discussed their purpose.
In numeracy our focus is on understanding numbers and calculating. This week we looked at subtraction and how we can use number lines to count back to find the answers. We also ordered numbers and investigated patterns.
In science we are conducting an experiment to determine what plants need to grow. Children planted sunflower seeds in different conditions to find out whether plants need air, light, water and soil to grow or could they still grow without one of these. Children also predicted what the results will be. In the next few weeks we will monitor our plant and record our results.
This week in literacy we started our new unit of work ‘Information Texts’. We have begun to look at the Galapagos Islands and some of the wonderful animals that live there. We read the story ‘We’re sailing to the Galapagos’ which introduces the various animals and children were able to list those and order them using ordinal words such as first, next and after.
In numeracy our focus is on data handling. Children identified odd and even numbers and were able to sort those into Venn diagrams and Carroll diagrams.
Our science focus is growing plant. Children looked at various types of plants this week. They drew them and labelled their parts. We also began to discuss the purpose various parts of the plant have such as for example, the roots which secure the plant in the ground and transfer water from the soil.
This week in literacy we planned and wrote our own traditional tales. First children plotted the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ along a story journey template as they drew key event of the story. They then made changes to characters and added sentence openers and adjectives to help them with their story writing. Children used these wonderful plans to write their own fantastic versions of the story. Well done Cuckoos!
In numeracy we looked at doubles to 10 and how we can record these as additions. Some children were also able to look at the inverse operation and found halves.
We had a lovely morning on Tuesday walking to St Mary’s Church in town. Father Paul talked to us about the history and features of the church. He also gave us the opportunity to look around and sketch different parts of the church, Including the stained glass windows, Poppy heads, font etc.
In Literacy the children have written a wanted poster for ‘Jack’ in ‘Jack and the beanstalk’. Thinking about different adjectives, connectives and punctuation they can use to make it more interesting.
This week in literacy we continued with our focus on traditional tales. We read the story of Jack and The Beanstalk and children had opportunities to retell the story with actions. We further investigated key features such as common sentence openers, characters that are good and ones that are bad and children had to decide who their favourite character was and give reasons.
In numeracy children were exploring different coins and their value. They were then asked to use the coins to pay for variously priced items encouraging them to find different ways of making the same amounts.
What a busy week we had! In literacy children planned and wrote their recount. We also began our new unit of work ‘Traditional Tales’. In the next few weeks we will be reading a range of traditional tales and investigating key features.
In numeracy we focused on describing simple patterns and relationships involving numbers or shapes. Children were able to create patterns using shapes, beads and dominoes and were able to discuss these.
In science we continued to investigate forces and children were able to explore pushes and pulls using hoops, balls, skipping ropes and the trim-trail. They recorded their findings identifying the forces used and used arrows to show the direction of the forces.
This week we continued our work on A Diary of a Wombat. Children were able to describe the naughty things the Wombat does to get carrots and generated lots of great adjectives. We talk about the way the text was organised into days of the week and also how each day was further sectioned into morning, afternoon, evening and night; giving us a chronological recount of the events that took place.
In numeracy we have been busy describing shape properties such as straight or curved sides and number of corners. Some children were also able to sort shapes to given criteria as well as think of their own criteria to sort them out.
In science our term focus is on forces and this week we began looking at pushes and pulls.
Welcome back Cuckoos. I hope you had a great half term break.
This week we began our new unit of work ‘Recounts and diaries’. We read the story ‘Diary of a Wombat’ and children were able to describe the Wombat and began to discuss the structure of the book. Some children were also able to take on the role of the Wombat as they wrote a ‘Wombat dream’.
In Numeracy the focus is on partitioning numbers into tens and units. We are using numicon and dines to give children a clear idea of place value.
We also had a chance to visit the Book Fair. Children were very excited to see all the books.
Yet again a fantastic week in Cuckoo class! This week we had amazing mathematicians in our class as children were busy solving various problems ranging from simple addition and subtraction sentences to word problems. They also had lots of opportunities for independent writing and we had some fantastic beginnings to some promising stories.
A big thank you to all the parents who were able to come and visit our Ice Zone. The children do love it and learn so much as they engross themselves in the different activities.
Another fantastic week Cuckoos! This week in literacy the children have written their own stories, based on ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. They planned their stories into beginning middle and generated some great vocabulary to support their story writing. They were then able to use some fantastic sentence openers, exciting adjectives and extended their sentences using connectives. We now have some brilliant stories which include elephants, lions crocodiles and many other animals coming to tea. In numeracy we have been looking at our number bonds to 10 and some children found some number bonds to 20. In science we looked at materials and their suitability to make different objects in relation to their properties.
Well done to all the children climbing up our book worm! It’s great to see so many of you are reading at home at list four times a week. Keep it up.
In numeracy this week we have continued to look at subtraction, we have used number lines to help us subtract two digit numbers. Some children were able to subtract two digit numbers from two digit numbers and solve word problems. In literacy we have looked at different adjectives we could use to describe the tiger in our story ‘The Tiger Who Came To Tea’. Then we looked at how to plan our own story based on it. We also thought about the different connectives we could use, and what could happen in the beginning, middle and end of our stories. In science we continued exploring the properties of materials and looked at their suitability for different purposes.
This week in numeracy we explored number fact to 10. For example, children had to find all addition that total 8 and some were able to find all subtraction fact too. We also ordered numbers bfrom smallest to largest and worked on our understanding of subtraction as taking away.
In literacy children wrote their own poems based on the Gingerman story. We had some fantastic rhymes as well use of language patterns. We also began a new unit of work and are reading the story of The Tiger Who Came To Tea.
In science we are continuing to investigate the properties of materials and are beginning to reason why different materials would be used for different purposes.
This week the children have continued to look at poems and rhymes, identifying the different patterns and rhyming words in each poem. We have also looked at ‘The Gingerbread Man’ story; the children have acted out the story changing the characters. Instead of cows and horses we have scary sharks and sly alligators.
In numeracy we have been looking at money, learning all of the different coins and how to add them together, the children used numicon to help support them with this. We also looked at solving money problems, for example ‘I had 20p, I bought a pen for 5p, how much change did I get?’ the children really enjoyed linking it to real life situations and we even had a shop in our classroom.
In Science we have started our topic on ‘Materials’ the children had the opportunity to explore various materials and continues to identify some of their properties such as hard, soft, transparent or flexible.
Welcome back Cuckoos. We hope you had a fantastic break.
This week children had the opportunity to read different poems and perform some of them. We explored pattern and rhyme and identified some features of poems.
Our numeracy focus was division. Children used practical activities to find halves of shapes and numbers. We also began to look at quarters and how we can find a quarter of a shape.
This half term our science focus is Materials. Children had the opportunity to explore various materials and started to identify some of their properties such as hard, soft, transparent or flexible.
This week children completed their poetry unit writing their own Christmas themed poems. We had some fantastic adjectives and wonderful poems using their senses to describe the things they liked.
We also had our reward day. Children had a fantastic day full of creative activities and a surprise visit from a magician. We continued our celebrations with a fun Christmas party and other Christmas activities.
A big thank you to all the children in Cuckoo class for all their hard work this term. I hope you all have an amazing Christmas break.
This week children carried on with our Senses Poetry Unit. We continued generating adjectives and also learnt what similes were and how they can be used. Children were able to write some fantastic similes such as ‘My Christmas tree is as sparkly as a diamond.’ and ‘My snowman is as white as the moon’. In numeracy we focused on finding doubles in various ways using numicon shapes, dice and domino.
We also had two fantastic performances of our Christmas play Born in a Barn. Well done children, you were amazing!
This week in literacy we began our poetry unit of work. Children explored their senses as they looked at the decorated Christmas tree and Christmas lights; touched tinsel; smelt the Christmas pudding; listened to Christmas songs and tasted some mince pies . They then generated a fantastic bank of adjectives to describe the items in relation to each of the senses. Some examples include ‘sweet smelling Christmas pudding’, ‘delicious mince pie’ and ‘bright, sparkly lights’.
We also explored the poem ‘That’s What I Like’ by Janice Johnston. Children were able to identify which sense each verse focused on and recognised some of the rhymes. They then practiced and performed one of their chosen verses.
Children have also been rehearsing their songs and dances for the upcoming Christmas play.
This week children created story journeys and wrote their own stories based on ‘Handa’s Surprise’. They were able to use the repeating pattern language as well as some fantastic adjectives in their writing. In numeracy we reviewed our learning so far. Children had to apply their knowledge of numbers and number facts, calculating, shape and measure and data handling to solve practical problems. Great work Cuckoos! Keep it up.
We have been practicing our songs and dances for the Christmas play. We have great singers and dancers in our class. Well done Cuckoos!
This week our literacy focus was to identify the repeating language patterns in our Handa’s Surprise story. Children told the story with actions and acted it out using masks. They then had to identify which phrases repeated throughout the story and wrote some of those out. In maths we focused on positional language. Children had to describe their position using correct vocabulary such as next to, above, on top and between. We also learned how to read an analogue clock to the hour and half past. Our science focus is Light and Dark. This week children demonstrated their understanding by drawing picture of a street at night. They had to consider how the light would shine out of the windows, street lights or cars.
This week children had to choose which of the fruits we tasted last week they would put in their basket. They used our fantastic collection of adjectives to produce some fantastic sentences. In maths we focused on measuring length and using balance to compare weight. Children were able to find objects that were longer and shorter than a metre and were able to sort objects from lightest to heaviest.
This week children were able to practically sort different items to a given set of criteria and also were able to suggest their own criteria for sorting and grouping. We also created some 3-D block graphs and children were able to answer many questions. In Literacy we started a new unit of work with a focus on the Handa's Surprise story. Children enjoyed a fantastic fruit tasting session and were able to describe the fruit using some fantastic words.
This week Cuckoo class wrote lots of instructions in our literacy sessions. Children made jam sandwiches and ate them! They then wrote instructions for making these using ordinal words and bossy words. In numeracy we looked and 2-D and 3-D shapes and their features. Children were able to name shapes, sort them to different criteria and go on a shape search around the class.
We also had a fantastic time at Longsands Sports Multiskills Festival. Wow what a week.
Have a fantastic half term break.
Children in Cuckoo class have been working very hard and have managed to produce some great work. They wrote instruction to how to make a Diwali lamp and used lots of bossy words. We also had some fabulous math work! Children worked on number bonds to ten and found out what was ten more or ten less than a given number using 100 squares and bead strings. In addition we looked at patterns and children were able to create some beautiful ones. In science we were thinking about healthy eating and children were able to think of many examples of food that was healthy for us. Fantastic work Cuckoos!
Wow! What a fantastic week we had in Cuckoo class. In science children were able to match animal adult photos to baby photos and name them. We also looked at the different stages of growth and children compared what we could do at each stage. In numeracy we have been busy estimating, using our skills to problem-solve and also looking at pairs of numbers that total 10. Our literacy sessions have been focused on instructions. Children followed instructions playing Simon says and had to give instructions to their friends to draw animals. Children were able to build a great bank of ‘bossy’ words. The following session children had to use our ‘bossy’ words to give instructions to their friends so they could make a snow man using playdough. We had some fantastic instructions.
What another fantastic week in Cuckoo class. We have been learning how to solve addition and subtraction problems in numeracy, using counters, Numicon, bead strings and number lines. In literacy the children have been writing sentences; and what a fabulous job they have done. We are using finger space spiders and Kung Foo punctuation to help us remember our capital letters, full stops and finger spaces. I’m sure the children will teach you!
In the shared area this week the children have become detectives, trying to solve the mystery of the missing biscuits! It turns out that a polar bear has been coming to the ice cave at night!!
This week in Literacy we looked at ‘Where’s My Teddy?’ story. Children retold parts of the story in their own words, sequenced the story and wrote some fantastic sentences. Our Maths focus was on recognising numerals as well as counting reliably and ordering numbers. In Science children created great collages of a Victorian boy and girl and labelled outer body parts. We also had great fun learning how to sing ‘head, shoulders, knees and toes’ to the tune of ‘London Bridge’.
Children also enjoyed going to the new shared area this week. They engaged in various activities such as using the Victorian house learning about the lives of people in Victorian time; building with large wooden blocks and junk modelling. They also had many opportunities to go outside and explore a range of outdoor activities. Some children found mini-beasts and discussed their habitat.
This week we continued with our theme of The Blue Balloon story. Children had the opportunity to re-enact the story with action and play with their own balloons. They then created their own books to tell their very own balloon adventure. The children were very excited when we ended our week with some balloon modelling.
This week children had the opportunity to explore The Blue Balloon story. We told the story with actions, made puppets and painted some magnificent balloons using different brush techniques. We also had a fantastic Street Dance session where children learnt different dance moves and compiled those to create a dance sequence. We had an amazing end to our week with our Victorian day. Children became servants in the big house. They explored different rooms in the downstairs and upstairs parts of the house and were able to take on some of the roles servants would have taken in the olden days.
This week we have been settling back into school life and finding out where things are in our new classroom. We have spent a lot of time thinking about our holidays and sharing our exciting Summer news with our talking partners. Everyone seems to have been really busy and made the most of the days off!
We have talked as a class about what the school rules are and what we need to help us learn.
Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites!